Saturday, June 30, 2012

June (End) Daybook

Outside my window...a much cooler summer day. After last week's scorching temps, I can step out without becoming toast. Just finished weeding the front yard. Left the weeds bordering the driveway for another day.

Around the house...
our backyard pond continues to give us so much joy. We're carefully adding little items to make it a comfy getaway (that chair on the left for instance was built by kiddo from a kit). Keeping it weed free (the safe, healthy way) though might become a problem soon. Drat those weeds!

I am thinking...
of watching Super 8 while sipping nuked instant coffee (vs kettle water). Off to make the coffee now...

I am thankful...

for the silence when the boys are out. The microwave (is beeping after nuking the coffee). I can actually hear it! I can hear the whisper of the fan. And I don't have to answer a math question or solve a puzzle for the next three hours!

In the kitchen...
Left over chicken curry, rice and roasted garlic asparagus and Brussels sprouts. Didn't expect the greens to go so well with the curry. Kiddo took it quite well despite the fact that he despises both vegetables.

I am creating...
or rather, considering creating, a book. I have some good ideas thanks to the encouragement of friends but I don't know if I will want to finish it, let alone begin.

I am wondering...
Where do weeds go after you pull them out? I mean I know they go into the yard waste or compost or whatever it is people do with their organic little bodies afterwards but where do their parasitic souls go? (Do weeds have souls?) And why do they not get the message after being pulled out over and over again that they are not wanted around here? I hope they are well incinerated in some weedy little hell. Except for dandelions. Kiddo adores them. He collects the buds before they turn all white and puffy. We could spare the dandelions.

I am reading...
Pygmalion and Three Other Plays by George Bernard Shaw. Kiddo's first gift to me purchased with his own savings! :)

I am looking forward to...
August. July is going to be a busy month for us. I didn't see it coming and now that it's just a day away, I wonder if I should cut back on some of the activities planned.

I am learning...
some basic programming using Microsoft Excel. Kiddo, the hubby and I are taking a short class together on Monday! I find Excel quite fascinating. Can't wait to see what else I can do with it.

A favorite quote for today...
By Maurice Switzer in one of my planner pages: "It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it." I hope you don't mind my self-promo attempt! ;)

A few plans for the rest of the week:
  1. Finish the laundry 
  2. Mop the floors
  3. Don't bite more than I can chew
And another photo to go with the post with the usual motherly worries included...
How did he grow up so soon?
Am I turning into Lady Britomart in Major Barbara? The pushy, controlling mom?
Should I begin looking for the next level of math resources? Kiddo still has a few months of the current course left. Should I wait? Should I plan?
How does anyone successfully homeschool more than one child? Seriously, you can't be anything less than awesome if you do!


  1. Gosh, don't children grow up quickly?! Now kiddo has built his chair and bought you gifts from his own pocket money! Wow. I share your motherly concerns, especially at this summer time when I'm getting ready to plan for the next academic year. Enjoy your July. Sounds like you're going to be busy.

  2. Thank you Neo! It's like a whirlwind at times you know...time is passing so quickly. I am trying to slow it down any way I can. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, as always!

  3. Love that pond!!

    What is this 'silence' you speak of?! It sounds nice!!

  4. I LOVE the backyard, what a great post I love hearing your thoughts and reflections~ look forward to more "Daybook" post entries. Happy Summer! Tracey

  5. First off, your back yard looks so lovely and relaxing! Our yards are all jungles of green -- plant chaos just like we have homeschool chaos and craft chaos and every other kind of chaos inside. :)

    Secondly, what did you think of Super 8? We really liked it!

    Thirdly, as a HS mom of 5 I can say that I do it by slacking off on just about everything! It all works out in the end, I suppose, but some days it doesn't feel like it.

    Sounds like some nice things going on there. Enjoy.
    ~ Alicia

  6. PS I just commented but blogger loves to eat my comments unless I post under google and not my blog. If it doesn't show up, do know that I rambled on about everything! :)

  7. I would love to relax near a pond like that! So peaceful looking.

    Nice quote. It made me think of the one that I came across lately..."A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurt out folly." Proverbs 12:23

  8. Thanks for visiting you guys. :)

    LOL, Kerrie, you and I should discuss silence some time.

    Thanks Tracey, happy summer to you too!

    Alicia,as you can see, it worked! Thank you for commenting. I was thinking of moms like you when I asked that question. :)

    Nice quote JL! I am trying to use that quote as a motto. I'm just too impulsive some times.

  9. I love that quote and your yard is wonderful! silence in my house is a rare and lovely thing.


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